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Do women on corporate boardrooms influence remuneration patterns and socially responsible practices? Malaysian evidence

Sitara Karim (School of Economics, Finance, and Banking, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 15 January 2021

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The prime objective of this study is to investigate the moderating influence of executive and independent female directors on the relationship between remuneration packages (CEO and executive director) and socially responsible practices (marketplace, environment, community, workplace and money spent on CSR) of 483 Malaysian listed firms during 2006–2017.

Design/methodology/approach

The dynamic estimator, namely, system generalized method of moments (GMM) given by Blundell and Bond (1998) has been employed on the dataset to control dynamic endogeneity, unobserved heterogeneity and simultaneity problems.

Findings

Findings indicate that there is a significant relationship between remuneration patterns of CEOs and executive directors and socially responsible activities. In the same way, executive board gender diversity significantly, whereas independent board gender diversity insignificantly moderates the remuneration and CSR nexus.

Practical implications

This study is particularly significant for regulatory bodies of Malaysia, e.g. Securities Commission Malaysia, Bursa Malaysia, policy makers, investors and managers. For academia, this study fetches support from agency theory, stakeholder theory and upper echelons theory and presents integrated theoretical approach to be considered for future research.

Originality/value

This paper is unique in providing empirical evidence on the moderating effect of both executive and independent women directors on the relationship between remuneration patterns of CEOs and executive directors and independent CSR activities for the first time. Moreover, this study has sourced several theoretical and practical implications. And, the study employs dynamic estimator for precise and concrete results.

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Citation

Karim, S. (2021), "Do women on corporate boardrooms influence remuneration patterns and socially responsible practices? Malaysian evidence", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 40 No. 5, pp. 559-576. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-07-2020-0213

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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